Village University

Welcome to the VU home page where you’ll find current info on
the various adult education offerings at Village.

 

Special Note: VU’s term-based classes will be on break for the fall 2017 term (and possibly through the spring) as we take some needed time to work on curriculum development. But year-round classes, along with select special seminars, will continue.

What is VU?

Village University (VU) is our program of adult education program at Village. We are serious about the life of the mind and the indispensable role its development plays in a person’s spiritual growth. We believe cultivating a culture where rigorous thinking and respectful dialogue is valued is a part of loving God “with all of our minds” (Mk. 12:30). To that end we offer a variety of classes and seminars throughout the year, targeting all major areas of Christian thought, both theoretical and practical.

Class Types

Currently VU offers two types of classes: year-round classes and term-based classes. Year-round classes run continuously throughout the year, never require registration, and often combine a community-building component (e.g., sharing and prayer) together with a study or lesson of some type. Folks are welcome to join these anytime (just drop in!). Term-based classes require registration and typically run for 9-12 weeks during the fall and spring. These are more squarely focused on instruction, though the form of that instruction may vary. In addition to these classes, VU also offers periodic special seminars throughout the year.

Current Year-Round Classes (click to view list)

For any of the year-round classes below, please contact the listed instructor for more detailed information. These classes do not require any type of registration and you are welcome to simply drop in anytime! (It may help though to send the instructor an e-mail in advance so they know to expect you.) Many Villagers have found these classes, which tend to combine a community-oriented atmosphere with instruction, to be the perfect supplement to their weekend worship service routine.

Koinonian Class

Time: Sundays, 10:30-11:30 am

Location: North Gym

Instructor: Pastor Bob Walker

An adult fellowship class with an emphasis on discovering God’s Word and its practical application to our lives. A place to grow in your relationship with God and others in the Village family. For questions contact Pastor Bob at [email protected].

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Bridgebuilders Class

Time: Sundays, 10:45 am-12:00 pm

Location: Bridge Room

Instructor: Ron Daley

A regular study of the Scriptures, combined with times of sharing and prayer.  While most of our group is retired, we are open to all who wish to join us. For questions contact Jacob Adams (class administrator) at [email protected].

Dr. Gordon Borror’s Class

Time: Sundays, 10:40 am-12:00 pm

Location: Columbia A

Instructor: Dr. Gordon Borror

Gordon Borror, now a retired Seminary Professor (music and worship) and former pastor, teaches in a variety of areas from Bible-book studies to Spiritual growth subjects, generally through the grid of Christian maturity and discipleship with the essential glory of God always in view. For questions contact Gordon at [email protected].

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Mosaic

Time: Sundays, 10:30 am-12:15 pm

Location: Fireside Room

Instructor: Craig Watkins

Mosaic is a cross-cultural and intergenerational fellowship that gathers for fellowship, worship, Bible study, and prayer.  We desire to connect all cultures to Christ and to each other.  For questions contact Craig at [email protected].

Sisters of Unity

Time: Sundays, 10:30-11:45 am

Location: Modular Trailer

Instructors: Roxy Linville, Veta Fritts

A time for all women (single, married, divorced, or widowed) who love the Lord to come together for prayer, caring, and Bible or book study. For questions contact Roxy at [email protected] or Veta at [email protected].

Current Term-Based Classes (click to view list)

Special Note: VU’s term-based classes will be on break for the fall 2017 term (and possibly through the spring) as we take some needed time to work on curriculum development. But year-round classes, along with select special seminars, will continue.

Current Special Seminars (click to view list)

VU Special Seminars offer intensive instruction in select areas of Christian thought and practice. A typical seminar will run anywhere from 2-5 hours and require registration. For the 2017-18 year, we will be offering a series of seminars related to the Bible’s formation (Nov. 11), translation (Feb. 17), and interpretation (May 19), taught by Adam Christian. In addition, we will have a seminar on the problem of sex-trafficking in our area and how we can respond (Jan. 28). For more info on the next seminar to come, see below.

Biblical Translations – How we Got Them & Why so Many?

Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Willamette A

Instructor: Adam Christian (Th.M. in New Testament, Western Seminary)

Cost/Materials: None

More detailed description to come.

Registration Open Jan 24, 2018

Estate Planning Made Simple

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: TBD

Instructor: Gene Christian

Cost/Materials: None

Have you wondered where, and how, to begin to get your estate affairs in order? Do things like wills and trusts confuse you? Based on the significant response and positive feedback received in the past, we are again offering this informative seminar presented by expert Gene Christian, who has been helping members of our church and other local churches for the past several years. This very easy to understand presentation will outline the five things everyone must do to get their affairs in order. And given the uncertainty of life, it’s never too soon to start. There will be plenty of time for questions. No insurance products or investments will be promoted or sold. (Childcare will be unavailable for this session.)

Coming Soon!

To see a list of past VU classes and seminars

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